Wednesday , September 26 2018


Kuwaiti performance grabs golden prize in Jordanian Theater Festival

A Kuwaiti theatrical performance Atsah has won the golden prize at the 24th Jordanian Theater Festival concluded in Amman Tuesday. In at a glitzy award ceremony, the prize was handed over to Kuwait’s National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters (NCCAL) Assistant Secretary General and Head of the Kuwaiti delegation …

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Sia cute and touching on ‘Everyday’ – Get in holiday mood with Smokey, Stefani and Fantasia

Here’s a collection of holiday albums reviewed by The Associated Press. Fantasia, “Christmas After Midnight” (Concord Records) With the barely-there red dress she’s wearing on the cover, the come-hither pose on the back and the suggestive title, one might think Fantasia’s first Christmas album is something to be played after …

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‘Coco’ a universal story of love – Pixar journeys to Mexico and beyond the grave in new film

At first, Disney-Pixar’s latest, “Coco,” sounds a lot like the 2014 Fox film “The Book of Life.” Both are animated features steeped in the aesthetics and customs of Day of the Dead: the Mexican tradition of creating elaborate altars, painted skulls and paths of marigolds to welcome the spirits of …

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McGraw, Hill hit new peak – Couple find harmony on first duets

NASHVILLE, Tenn, Nov 21, (AP): In a scene from their Showtime documentary, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are rehearsing for their elaborate Soul2Soul tour, one of the biggest tours of their careers. Hill is on top of the stage singing “Devil Calling Me Back,” while McGraw is at the bottom …

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‘Cries From Syria’, ‘Jane’ among PGA feature docu nominees – New York Women in Film & TV to honor Dern, Light, others

LOS ANGELES, Nov 21, (Agencies): The Producers Guild of America has nominated seven films for its top documentary award — “Chasing Coral,” “City of Ghosts,” “Cries From Syria,” “Earth: One Amazing Day,” “Jane,” “Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower” and “The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee.” The winner will …

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Mars wins AMAs on night of divas – Musicians unite in wake of tumultous year

LOS ANGELES, Nov 20, (Agencies): Bruno Mars took the top prize at the American Music Awards on Sunday at a show that paid glowing tribute to legendary divas Diana Ross and the late Whitney Houston. Mars, the retro star who found fresh success with the funky beats and R&B harmonies …

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Artists find their voice in Turkey’s ‘difficult’ climate – ‘We’ve tried to find new language to deal with current context’

ISTANBUL, Nov 20, (AFP): A mute Syrian boy, using just body movements, gives a harrowing description of life under the Islamic State group in Syria. A crowd gathers of passionate anti-establishment protesters. And a galaxy of white ceramic CCTV cameras keeps a Big Brother-like watch over a city. These are …

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AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young dies – Fashion giant Azzedine Alaia dead at 77

NEW YORK, Nov 19, (Agencies): Malcolm Young, the rhythm guitarist and guiding force behind the bawdy hard rock band AC/DC who helped create such head-banging anthems as “Highway to Hell,” “Hells Bells” and “Back in Black,” has died. He was 64. AC/DC announced the death Saturday on their official Facebook …

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Syrian artiste eyes fresh start in Paris – ‘Portrait of exile’

LOS ANGELES, Nov 19, (RTRS): Fares Helou was one of Syria’s most celebrated actors when the Arab Spring arrived in Damascus. But once his political beliefs forced him to flee the country, he suddenly found himself playing his most challenging role yet — as an exile in a foreign land. …

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As Egypt targets gays, band reluctantly bears flag – Mashrou’ Leila sees music as a goal in itself

NEW YORK, Nov 18, (AFP): The symbol of solidarity brought a harsh backlash. As Lebanese rockers Mashrou’ Leila played in Cairo, fans hoisted in the air rainbow flags, the global emblem of gay equality. The open-air festival on Sept 22 passed peacefully. But as pictures of the flags spread, Egyptian …

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